As we get close to Easter, you’re sure to run into at least a few mentions of the renowned Fabergé eggs. And rightly so, as these decorative objects are ingenious and rich with history. But did you know there is much more to Fabergé than just eggs?
Saint George’s Day is celebrated on April 23. I know this because as a child I was obsessed with the world of make-believe. While my sister was collecting books on the natural sciences, I had a whole shelf devoted to children’s versions of Greek mythology, fairy tales, and folklore. The stories I loved best involved magic and monsters. To this day my mother will buy me used books if they have a dragon on the cover. And this is where Saint George comes in.
In the 13th century, Jacobus de Voragine wrote in The Golden Legend that Saint George was a Christian knight who in his travels came across a city called Silene that was being plagued by a dragon that lived in its pond. Silene’s inhabitants were forced to appease the monster by sacrificing their children. The victims were selected through a lottery system, and one day it was the king’s own daughter who drew the last lot.
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Artstor is collaborating with the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC to distribute images from its collection of European and American paintings, sculptures, drawings, and prints. Approximately 30,000 images of art dating back to the 13th to 19th centuries and more than 5,000 images from the Gallery’s 20th and 21st century works, including photographs, will be made available in the Digital Library.
These images include Ginevra de’ Benci (c. 1474/1478) by Leonardo da Vinci (1452–1519), the only painting by the Renaissance master in the Americas; Woman Holding a Balance (c. 1664) by Johannes Vermeer (1632 – 1675); Breezing Up (A Fair Wind) (1873–1876) by Winslow Homer (1836–1910); Woman with a Parasol―Madame Monet and Her Son (1875) by Claude Monet (1840–1926); and Self-Portrait (1889) by Vincent van Gogh (1853–1890). Continue Reading »
You’ve probably figured out that the description panel you see when you open an image group is a handy way to keep notes together with each group. But did you know it also helps you find what you’re looking for without having to open any image groups?
2014 marks the 10th anniversary of Artstor as a live service. Every month this year, we will introduce you to the people behind our organization and the roles they play in supporting Artstor’s mission to use digital technology to enhance scholarship, teaching, and learning.
The core responsibilities of Artstor’s Metadata Department are to analyze, edit, enhance, and map the data we receive from our collection contributors, with the goal of aiding image discovery in the Digital Library. Working with the Collections, Legal, Production, and Technology teams, we strive to find efficient and innovative ways of adding new content to Artstor.